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Solar Energy: Become a Sun Chef!
Overview Procedures for Teachers Organizers for Students

Solar Oven Image Students design and construct a solar cooker. They use the Internet to research solar collectors and the process of changing light energy into heat energy. Using their research, students consider various uses and designs of solar collectors. They consider alternative designs for a solar collector, known as a "solar cooker." They choose one of their designs to construct and build it, using provided tools and materials. The completed solar cooker is then tested by cooking a basic recipe at appropriate temperatures.

Grade Level:


Subject Matter:

Technology Education and Science

Curricular Uses:

Energy, Physical Science, Environmental Science

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Use the Internet to aid in research and design.
  • Identify solar energy.
  • Identify solar collectors.
  • Define conduction, convection, and radiation.
  • Give examples of absorption, insulation, and reflection.
  • Explain the greenhouse effect.
  • Construct and test a solar cooker.

Use of Internet:

Students will use the Internet as a tool and resource for research.

This lesson was developed by Joanne Reddan, wNetSchool Master Teacher, and was funded by the Louis Calder Foundation.